Krejcir lawyer wants to question cop

2014-08-19 16:39
Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir in court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir in court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Radovan Krejcir's lawyers wanted to cross-examine the investigating officer on Tuesday after claiming the State would protect him because he was "vulnerable" to questioning.

Johan Spangenberg brought the application on behalf of the Czech fugitive and his five co-accused in the South Gauteng High Court, sitting in Palm Ridge.

Spangenberg wanted to cross-examine Captain Mashudu Freddy Ramuhala, who testified on Monday in a trial-within-a-trial relating to a confession allegedly made by another accused, Desai Luphondo.

"My learned friend from the State will not call the learned captain. He will protect him from cross-examination by the accused because he knows the captain is vulnerable," Spangenberg argued.

"Then he's untouchable, the State can have a bite at the cherry and [we] cannot. That is not fair, my lord."

‘You can call him if you want’

Judge Colin Lamont said cross-examination should be restricted to issues relevant to the trial-within-a-trial at present and the defence could call Ramuhala later, if it wished.

"You can call him if you want. If you want a witness then he is your witness," Lamont said.

Spangenberg said he wanted to "strike while the iron is hot" as it could strengthen the case for his client, George Nthoroane, specifically.

"It may elicit evidence which is beneficial to him during the main trial," he said.

Spangenberg said the defence also wanted to question Ramuhala about the police's alleged failure to hold an identity parade before arresting Nthoroane.

Man allegedly kidnapped, tortured

Nthoroane, Krejcir, Luphondo, Warrant Officers Samuel "Saddam" Maropeng, Jan Lefu Mofokeng and Siboniso Miya were charged following allegations that they recruited a man known as Doctor Nkosi to help smuggle 25kg of tik (methamphetamine) to Australia, allegedly for Krejcir.

They face charges of kidnapping, attempted murder and dealing in drugs.

They allegedly recruited a man known as Doctor Nkosi to help smuggle 25kg of tik (methamphetamine) to Australia.

He worked for a cargo company at OR Tambo International Airport, and allegedly disappeared with the shipment.

Krejcir and his co-accused allegedly kidnapped and tortured his brother, Bheki Lukhele, in a bid to have him reveal his sibling's whereabouts.

Read more on:    radovan krejcir  |  johannesburg  |  crime

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.